Rob Richer, former Associate Deputy Director for Operations, CIA

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. In light of Donald Trump’s rejection of a recent CIA finding that Russia helped him win the White House, The Cipher Brief’s Executive Editor Fionnuala Sweeney talks to Rob Richer, former CIA Associate Deputy Director for Operations and formerly chief of Russian Operations. She asks him for his opinion on Russia’s objectives and how it conducts itself in the field of espionage.

Fmr. CIA Officer and Satirist Alex Finley

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in security. As part of our ongoing special coverage of the CIA’s finding on Russia’s interference in the election, Fionnuala Sweeney also talks to former CIA Officer, Alex Finley (not her real name), whose recent satire Victor In The Rubble has gained a cult following, among Agency members and watchers. Fionnuala asks Alex about the recent developments, and how the President-elect’s rejection of the CIA assessment will impact Agency operatives in the field.

Gen. Jack Keane on Gen. Mattis

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. In a post–election special edition, The Cipher Brief's Executive Editor Fionnuala Sweeney talks to Jack Keane, retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Army Staff. Fionnuala asks General Keane for his insight on President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Secretary of Defense, retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, who Keane recommended to the transition team.

Steve Murphy of "Narcos" (Part I)

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. In a special edition of 15 minutes, The Cipher Brief’s Executive Producer and Reporter Leone Lakhani talks to Steve Murphy, one of the DEA agents who was instrumental in bringing down Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Murphy and his partner Javier Pena were depicted in the Netflix series Narcos, during their hunt for Escobar. To mark Escobar’s death anniversary, Leone sits down with Murphy for a special edition of 15 minutes. In the first part of the interview, she asks him how much of the series was accurate, how much was pure Hollywood, and what really happened the day the “King of Cocaine” was killed.

[A word of warning, if you’re still watching the series, here’s your spoiler alert!]

Click here for Steve Murphy (Part II).

 

Steve Murphy of "Narcos" (Part II)

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week The Cipher Brief’s Executive Producer and Reporter Leone Lakhani talks to Steve Murphy, one of the DEA agents who was instrumental in bringing down Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Murphy and his partner Javier Pena were depicted in the Netflix series Narcos, during their hunt for Escobar. In the second part of the interview, Leone asks Murphy what Escobar was really like, how they finally caught him, and the true story behind his death.

[A word of warning, if you’re still watching the series, here’s your spoiler alert!]

Click here for Steve Murphy (Part I).

Dennis Ross on Obama Mid East Legacy

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week The Cipher Brief's Executive Producer and Reporter Leone Lakhani sits down with Ambassador Dennis Ross, Counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a former senior Middle East Adviser to three U.S. Presidents. She talks to him about President Barack Obama’s legacy in the Middle East, and the challenges facing the next administration.

Gen. Jack Keane on Trump Transition

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week, in a post–election special, The Cipher Brief's Executive Producer and Reporter Leone Lakhani sits down with Jack Keane, retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Army Staff. General Keane had been tapped for a potential position in Donald Trump’s national security team. Leone speaks to Keane after his meeting with the President-elect and asks him about his views on the transition team.

Fmr. CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week on 15 Minutes, The Cipher Brief’s Executive Editor Fionnuala Sweeney speaks to John McLaughlin, former Deputy Director and Acting Director CIA. On the agenda - why he joined the Agency, his view of the challenges facing the new administration. And a touch of magic.

Jason Matheny (Part I)

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week The Cipher Brief's CEO and Publisher Suzanne Kelly sits down with Jason Matheny, Director of IARPA, the research branch for the intelligence community that works on ways to tell the future. In the first part of the interview, she asks Matheny what exactly IARPA does and how it accurately forecasts events. 

Jason Matheny (Part II)

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week The Cipher Brief's CEO and Publisher Suzanne Kelly sits down with Jason Matheny, Director of IARPA, the research branch for the intelligence community that works on ways to tell the future. In the second part of the interview, she asks Matheny what keeps him up at night, and if there's ways to predict political instability and unrest.